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Nicole Nkoum (Cameroun, 1985) completed a Degree in Sociology, and is now a PhD in NicoleNdoumGender and Resilience candidate at the Cheikh Anta Diop University (UCAD, Dakar, Senegal). All her last professional experiences were in Medical and Social Anthropology projects, including field research in Guinea Conakry, as a WHO consultant, during the recent 2016-14 Ebola epidemic. Currently, Nicole works as Research Assistant in the SAHARA Program/UCAD and as Socio-Anthropologist at the Institut de Recherche en Santé, de Surveillance Epidémiologique et de Formation (IRESSEF, Dakar). She is especially interested in infectious diseases research and in sexual and reproductive health research. Nicole is AfWORO’s Social Researcher in Senegal.

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Grace Boiwu, midwife and social worker, joined the Mother Patern College of Health gbSciences in Monrovia in 1994 as a team member in its Women’s Health and Development Program. Grace has succeeded in integrating her field experience with her knowledge and skills about violence against girls and intimate partner violence prevention. Among many other initiatives, she assisted the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection and UNICEF in the development of training manuals. Grace plans to continue being a focal on women’s issues. She will continue supporting healthcare workers and researchers who aim to prevent any form of gender-based violence. Grace is AfWORO’s Social Researcher in Liberia.

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Mary Ibeto (Nigeria, 1983) is a medical image1doctor trained in the United Kingdom (UK), with several years’ experience working in both clinical and public health sectors of the UK and African countries. Dr Ibeto is particularly interested in health promotion, effective resource management and the development of truly patient-centered healthcare systems. Her research experience  in sub-Saharan Africa has focused around strategies improving access to HIV care and treatment for the most vulnerable (i.e. PMTPT B+). She is also a motivated trainer on sexual health for general practitioners in the UK. Dr Ibeto is a Scientific Advisor to the AfWORO board.

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Harriet Namulondo is a Ugandan MA Child Development with broad experience in harriet.pngmanagement of community-based education programmes . She has a passion for improving the health status of children and adolescents in rural communities. Harriet has experience in health, gender and education programming, and in research on sexual and reproductive cultural practices negatively affecting girls. She is currently affiliated to the Centre for Transformative Parenting and Research, where she coordinates an HIV incidence reduction project that targets 45000 15-19 years old school girls in Uganda. Harriet is a Scientific Advisor to the AfWORO board and AfWORO’s Social Researcher in Uganda.

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Guillermo Martínez (Madrid, 1979) is PhD Health Sciences. He completed a MA History, user_male_portraitMSc Telemedicine, and a BSc Nursing & Podiatry. In 2009, he quitted clinical work and travelled to Uganda where he conducted his first research in Africa. Since then, he’s alternated management and research positions in Gambia, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Sierra Leone, South Africa, and Zimbabwe. Nutrició Sense Fronteres, UNAIDS, ISGlobal and Médecins sans Frontières are among the institutions he worked with. His areas of expertise include eHealth; health economics; HIV/STD-prevention and self-diagnostics technologies; sex and gender research on/with vulnerable key populations, and traditional genital modifications. Guillermo is AfWORO’s President.

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Anna Rosés i Belló (Barcelona, 1980) works as Global Development Country Coordinator  annarosesat ISGlobal-Barcelona Institute for Global Health. Anna completed a Degree in Law and a PostGraduate in Global Development. Before joining ISGlobal in 2013, she held various positions in Mozambique for Fundació Clínic per la Reserca Biomèdica, ActionAid Mozambique, and Consejo Interhospitalario de Cooperación. She worked with Nova, managing projects in Lebanon and Iraq, and also worked for Fundació Vicente Ferrer in Barcelona (Spain). Anna is specially interested in human rights, internally displaced, asylum-seekers and refugees, and in empowerment of women. Anna is AfWORO’s Secretary. Anna is AfWORO’s Secretary.

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Emmanuel Fajardo  (Colombia, 1978) holds a BSc degree in Microbiology and IMG_1259Laboratory Science and MSc in Epidemiology. He joined Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in 2005 as Laboratory Officer working in several countries in Africa and Central Asia. From 2008 to 2015 he worked as HIV/TB Laboratory Advisor for the Southern Africa region. His work particularly focused on the implementation of simplified HIV/TB diagnostics. Since November 2016, as MSF’s Access Campaign HIV/HCV Diagnostic Advisor, he provides support on access and advocacy issues around diagnostics. Emmanuel’s area of research expertise include laboratory and field evaluations of diagnostics as well as implementation research. Emmanuel is AfWORO’s Treasurer.

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